Turnovers prove costly for Kent State women in loss to Buffalo

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Record-Courier staff report

The Kent State women's basketball second-half upswing couldn't collect another victory on Wednesday.

The Golden Flashes, who have found their competitive stride over the last couple of weeks, lost to the visiting Buffalo Bulls 61-53 at the M.A.C. Center in Kent.

KSU's downfall was falling behind 37-27 at halftime. It was a lead they attempted to cut into throughout the second half, but unsuccessfully.

The Flashes did outscore the Bulls in the second half, albeit slightly at 26-24.

Kent State had three players reach double figures in scoring led by Larissa Lurken's 14 points.

Lurken hit 4-of-6 from 3-point range and also had two steals and two assists in the game. Joining her in double-digits for KSU were CiCi Shannon, who had 11 points and Montia Johnson, who had 10.

Johnson added a team-high six rebounds, while Shannon had five.

Guard Mikell Chinn dished out six assists and had four steals for the Golden Flashes (5-19, 2-11 MAC).

Buffalo (15-9, 8-5 MAC) was led offensively by Mackenzie Loesing, who scored 15 points, including 3 3-pointers. Alexus Malone added 12 points and Kristen Sharkey 10 for the Bulls.

Kent State's defense held Buffalo to 36.8 percent shooting from the floor, while the Flashes connected on 40.8 of their shots.

Protecting the basketball became the problem for Kent State, though. The Flashes turned the ball over 29 times against Buffalo's 13.

Next up for Kent State are the Miami RedHawks, who come to Kent on Sunday for a 2 p.m. tipoff at the M.A.C. Center.

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